New England offers so many different types and variations of vacation spots and possibilities, you’ll probably want to return year after year to experience them all! When you start planning your New England vacation, you’ll need to ask yourself some important questions. What time of year are you planning to take your vacation? What do you want to focus on while you’re there? Do you want it to be a more relaxing time or more active time? Do you want to spend your time in the city, such as in the cultural epicenter of Boston or New Haven, or out in the country, or on the shores of Maine and Cape Cod? Is it more important to view outdoor sights or museums and historical artifacts? As you’ll probably have a limited amount of time to spend in New England, prioritize what you want to do and make sure you plan your time well so you don’t miss out on everything you’d enjoy seeing in this beautiful, historic part of the US.
Probably the most popular time of year for visitors and vacations to New England is, of course, the autumn, in late September and throughout October to see the beautiful fall foliage. Here’s why the fall is a great time for a vacation: the summer vacationers have all gone home, and school is back in session – and it’s still warm! Conditions are just right if you’re one of the lucky ones that can take a vacation in the peace and quiet of fall foliage vacation season. You’ll be free from crowds to enjoy the warm autumn days and ramble along roads carpeted in kaleidoscope patterns of fallen leaves, or take walks over picture perfect hills and streams made even more vibrant because of the colorful fall foliage along the trails. If you prefer to set your own itinerary or stay in a particular area, a fall foliage vacation rather than a tour could work best for you and your family. The fall foliage peak color days vary by state, but in Massachusetts it’s usually right around Columbus Day weekend.
If you’re more of the seafaring type, Cape Cod might be the ideal vacation destination for you and yours. Cape Cod is home to the historic town of Sandwich. Sandwich lies on the Cape Cod bay side. You won’t want to miss Heritage Plantation, where you can stroll around the scenic gardens and woods. In May, the Plantation’s abundant and forest size Rhododendron bushes put on a magnificent display that attracts thousands of garden lovers. You can also take the trail to an authentic and spotless indoor 1912 carousel that you can ride as many times as you want – for no charge! Also in the grounds are an antique car museum, an American History Museum and an Art Museum. The plantation plans many festivities throughout the season, and it’s a perfect place for a carefree day on your Cape Cod vacations. You can visit the Sandwich Glass Museum and marvel at just what you can do with melted sand, and blown into various shapes by expert glassblowers. Then, round out your tour of Sandwich by relaxing in the village by the Shawme Pond and Dexter Grist Mill. There are plenty of places to sit, leisurely walk around, and take pictures so you’ll never forget your New England vacation.